On September 14th four upper-caste men gang-raped a 19-year-old Dalit girl in Hathras District, Uttar Pradesh, India. The men had cut off her tongue and severely injured her spinal cord among other severe injuries. The girl died on September 29th after 14 days in the hospital fighting for her life. After that, the UP police cremated the girl's body in the middle of the night without the family's permission. Furthermore, the members of the family were beaten up when they protested to see the body.
In many places in India, people of the lower-caste are frequently mistreated and abused by those of the upper-caste. This recent gang-rape case by the upper castes was to emphasise their power over the Dalits in their community. But it's not just the rapists who have committed a heinous crime. The authorities too have treated the victim's family with indignity before and after her death. The Media isn't allowed to enter the village to speak with the family and protests against caste-based violence are being shut down. Moreover, upper caste groups are protesting on behalf of the accused in this rape and murder case. And the Uttar Pradesh government isn't doing anything about this.
We need justice for the 19-year-old Dalit victim and her family. The rapists, police and authorities involved in the cover-up of this case need to be punished. Caste-based violence needs to end.